Jul 16

Grillin’ for a Good Cause 2014

Enbridge Pipelines will host its annual BBQ fundraiser for United Way TOMORROW – July 17.

Stop by and enjoy a delicious picnic-style lunch outside or take it with you!

*A warm THANK YOU to Enbridge Pipelines for its continued support of United Way and its partner agencies.*

Jun 09

St. Joseph’s Free Summer Lunch Program for Youth

Once again, St. Joseph’s Social Care will be providing free summer lunches to area youth.

June 2 – July 25

Monday – Friday

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Meals are served rain or shine at the following locations:

Grand Forks
LaGrave Learning Center (832 4th Ave. S.)
University Park Warming House
Richards West Park (4700 6th Ave. N.)
Dakota at 55th (1100 N. 5th St.)
Grand Forks Public Library (2110 Library Circle)

East Grand Forks
Itts Williams Park – under shelter (300 15th St. NE)
Sherlock Park – under shelter by pool (919 5th Ave. NW)

*Children ages 0-18 are eligible to receive a free sack lunch.

Volunteers are needed to assist with this program. For more information, contact St. Joseph’s Social Care at 701.795.8614.

May 06

Employment Opportunity: Administrative Assistant

The United Way of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks & Area is currently seeking a full-time Administrative Assistant.

Click here for a list of duties, preferred qualifications, and to learn how to apply.

*Equal opportunity employer*

Feb 25

Altru Health System is top United Way Contributor in Grand Forks

Altru Health System contributed a total of $138,894 to the 2013 United Way campaign, the largest contribution in Grand Forks. Altru physicians, staff and retirees donated funds in support of United Way, an organization in which people from business, government, education, health care, faith groups, and non-profits collaborate to bring attention to issues facing the communities of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks and the surrounding area. “Supporting United Way ultimately gives back to our community, and that is something we are always striving to do,” said Mark Waind, Altru’s United Way employee campaign chair. “It’s great to see our employees supporting the local community.”

“We are extremely grateful to Altru staff and volunteers for their generous donations to the 2013 campaign,” said Shaun Havis, United Way Vice President – Resource Development. “These contributions support human health and programs that improve quality of life for local citizens.”

About Altru Health System
Altru Health System is a community-owned, integrated system with an acute care hospital, a rehabilitation hospital, more than a dozen clinics in Grand Forks and the region, a large home care network, and a congregate living facility. It employs more than 200 physicians and 3,800 staff and has an annual net operating revenue of more than $400 million.

About United Way
The United Way of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks and the surrounding area is a member of a national network of more than 1,300 local United Way organizations that work to create lasting positive changes in communities and people’s lives by addressing the underlying causes of the most significant local issues. Our local United Way tackles issues based on local needs. Areas of focus include Education, Income & Health. For more information about United Way, visit unitedwaygfegf.org.



*THANK YOU to Altru Health System doctors, nurses, staff, employees, and retirees for supporting the United Way of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks & Area!

Dec 23

2013 Toys for Tots – Thank You!

The United Way of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks and Area would like to thank the Greater Grand Forks community for supporting our 2013 Toys for Tots drive.

With your help, we were able to provide toys to 789 children.

Thank you to all of the families, individuals, service clubs, and local businesses who donated money and toys, or coordinated a toy drive in an effort to help make the holidays brighter for children in need.

Aaron Sales & Lease, Abra Auto Body & Glass, Coca-Cola, FedEx Ground/FedEx Office, iBeach Tan, Kay Jewelers, UND Alumni Association & Foundation, UND Dept. of Physical Therapy, UND Dept. of Technology, UND Order of Omega & Gamma Sigma Alpha, L.I.S.T.E.N. Center, Thrivent, TSA, TOPS Club, Wild Bill’s Sports Saloon…

We especially want to thank WDAZ News and Whalen’s Moving and Storage for coordinating a community-wide drive that enabled us to meet the needs of the families on our waiting list and beyond.

We also extend a special thank you to the American Red Cross (Tom Tezel), Fed Ex (Troy Gerber), and Xcel Energy, as well as to all the wonderful volunteers who assisted with toy distribution and set up.

The kindness and generosity of the Greater Grand Forks community never ceases to amaze.



A few photos from this year’s toy drive…

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Nov 25

Toys for Tots drive

There’s still time to donate to the National Marine Corps Toys for Tots drive coordinated locally by United Way.

Today thru Dec. 4 we will be collecting donations of new, unwrapped toys to be distributed to children in need in the Grand Forks community (ages  0-12 years).

Currently, 250 families are enrolled in the program.

Toy donations can be dropped off at the following collection sites:
Aaron Sales & Lease
Abra Auto Body & Glass
FedEx Office
iBeach Tan (Grand Forks)
Wild Bill’s Sports Saloon
Z Wireless (Grand Forks, Devils Lake)

*Donations may also be dropped off at the United Way office
1407 24th Ave. S, Suite E, Monday-Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm


If you are interested in helping us distribute toys, please call Lisa at the United Way office – (701) 775-8661.

Nov 14

Friday is LIVE UNITED DAY in North Dakota

Friday, November 15 is LIVE UNITED DAY across the state of North Dakota!

View Governor Dalrymple’s official proclamation here.

We invite you to embrace the LIVE UNITED message by donating, volunteering, mentoring, and raising awareness of United Way and important community issues.

Visit these participating businesses to help us celebrate LIVE UNITED DAY.


Oct 28

2013 ‘Undies Sundays’ Results & Photos

Our 2013 ‘Undies Sundays’ drive was a success with 15,605 items collected.

‘Undies Sundays’ launched in 2003 and the goal of the program is to collect donations of NEW underwear, diapers, socks, and personal care items such as shampoo, soap and toothbrushes. Items are then distributed to local health and human service agencies for their clients.

Thank you to the following churches for participating in our ‘Undies Sundays’ drive this year:

Augustana Lutheran                       Sacred Heart
Beaver Creek Lutheran                  Sharon Lutheran
Bethany Lutheran Church              St. Mark’s ELCA
Christ the King Free Lutheran      St. Mary’s
Family of God Lutheran                 St. Paul’s Episcopal
First Church of God                        University Lutheran
Holy Family                                      Wesley United Methodist
Immanuel Lutheran Church

We would also like to thank Fed Ex, Gate City Bank and Dollar Tree.

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Oct 21

Go ‘Santa Fe’ for United Way at Taco John’s

Great meal, Great cause…

Oct 07

2013 Pacesetter Campaign Results

7 Pacesetter Organizations Increase Contributions 47%… Raise $23,113 for United Way!

Employees from BBI International, Community Violence Intervention Center, jcpenney, Marco, Inc., State of North Dakota, Steffes Corporation, and Widseth, Smith & Nolting set an outstanding pace for the 2013 fundraising campaign for the United Way of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks and Area, raising $23,113 under the guidance of Pacesetter coordinator Alan Bye (Alerus Financial) and account executives Ryan Kuntz (C’mon Inn) and Roxanne Burkholder (U.S. Bank).

Seven organizations participated in the Pacesetter Campaign this year. These organizations ran their employee campaigns early, striving for a 20% increase and achieving a 27% increase in employee giving. These generous donations have set the pace for the rest of the community.

BBI International
Community Violence Intervention Center
Marco, Inc.
State of North Dakota
Steffes Corporation
Widseth, Smith & Nolting

United Way is advancing the common good in our community by focusing on Education, Income and Health. To accomplish this United Way raises and distributes funds to participating partner agencies and provides direct services to the local community through its direct service programs such as Undies Sundays, Toys for Tots and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.

Our $1,075,000 campaign is now under way and the needs in the local area are greater than ever. Your support is greatly needed and appreciated.


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